About

Short bio:

“Austin Ali understands the point of the bass trombone. This’ll be fun.”

–Satisfied bass trombone player

Austin Ali (b. 1997) is an international award-winning composer, trumpet player, and conductor based in Austin, TX. Musicians from Dallas, TX, to Washington, DC, to Valencia, Spain have performed Austin’s music, including brass quintets, string quartets, symphony orchestras, and choirs. Austin currently studies Music Composition and Plan II Honors at the University of Texas at Austin.

In addition to composing, Austin loves to play the trumpet. Recently, he toured Guatemala and Costa Rica with the endlessly funky Big Wy’s Brass Band. The group performed in an International Jazz Festival in Guatemala City and at a parade in Limon, Costa Rica with an audience of 10,000 people. Austin served as the primary composer and arranger for the band’s two records Portal to Funkville and Lord Dope.

Austin’s music has been performed by musicians at every level:

  • The Austin Symphony Orchestra
  • Spanish Brass
  • Christopher Bill
  • Oregon Symphony Principal Trombonist Casey Jones
  • The University of Texas Trombone Choir
  • The Mockingbird Brass Quintet
  • The Sonos Quartet
  • The Inversion Ensemble
  • The University of Texas Jazz Orchestra
  • The University of Texas Jazz Ensemble
  • The DC Trombone Workshop Choir
  • The Plano West Senior High School Wind Ensemble
  • The Shepton High School Wind Ensemble
  • The Shepton High School Symphony Orchestra
  • The Frankford Middle School Symphonic Band

Resume:

Education:

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN

Austin, TX (Class of 2020, 3.968 GPA)

B.A in Plan II Honors – interdisciplinary honors program with a large emphasis on creativity: creation and presentation of material

B.M. in Music Composition – studying with Dr. Russell Podgorsek, Dr. Donald Grantham, and Dr. Yevgeniy Sharlat

PLANO WEST SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL

Plano, TX (Class of 2016, top 3%, 4.45 GPA)

Composition Awards:

SARAH AND ERNEST BUTLER AUSTIN SYMPHONY TEXAS YOUNG COMPOSERS CONTEST, 2015-17

1st Place – Blissful Nightmares (2015)

3rd Place – Larger than Life (2016)

Finalist – Ostinato for Orchestra (2017)

CHRISTOPHER BILL INTERNATIONAL TROMBONE COMPOSITION COMPETITION, 2016

1st Place – Full Volume (2016)

NATIONAL YOUNG COMPOSERS CHALLENGE, 2015-16

Finalist – Blissful Nightmares (2015)

Finalist – Ostinato for Orchestra (2016)

O’DONNELL FOUNDATION AND DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART YOUNG MASTERS AP MUSIC THEORY COMPOSITION, 2015-16

Finalist – Visible Darkness (2015)

Finalist – Odyssey in Brass (2016)

PHILADELPHIA YOUTH ORCHESTRA COMPOSITION COMPETITION, 2017

3rd Place – Ostinato for Orchestra (2017)

Trumpet Awards/Honors:

COSTA RICA CULTURAL CONNECTION PROMISING ARTIST, 2017

Recognized for performance in Big Wy’s Brass Band in Guatemala and invited to perform across Costa Rica in August 2017. Met with the US Ambassador to Costa Rica and performed for the President of Costa Rica.

ESSENTIALLY ELLINGTON NATIONAL AWARD FOR JAZZ SOLO PERFORMANCE, 2016

Recognized by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra for excellent solo trumpet performance in the Plano West Jazz Ensemble competing amongst the best high school jazz programs in the nation. Featured soloist on “A Night in Tunisia” and “Blue Goose.”

TEXAS MUSIC EDUCATORS ASSOCIATION RECOGNITION REGION 25, 2011-16

Lead Jazz Trumpet and soloist, Top Jazz Ensemble – 2016

Second Jazz Trumpet and soloist, Top Jazz Ensemble – 2014-15

Principal Orchestral Trumpet and soloist, Philharmonic Orchestra – 2015

Top Wind Ensemble – 2015

College Acceptances:

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN, MUSIC COMPOSITION AND PLAN II HONORS

THE JUILLIARD SCHOOL, MUSIC COMPOSITION

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK, COLUMBIA COLLEGE

BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC, TRUMPET PERFORMANCE AND MUSIC COMPOSITION

References:

DR. DONALD GRANTHAM, COMPOSITION INSTRUCTOR

Donald Grantham is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes in composition, including the Prix Lili Boulanger, the Nissim/ASCAP Orchestral Composition Prize, First Prize in the Concordia Chamber Symphony’s Awards to American Composers, and his works have been performed by the orchestras of Cleveland, Dallas, Atlanta and the American Composers Orchestra.

ANTHONY CORROA, MENTOR 

Anthony Corroa is a widely-acclaimed professional orchestral trumpeter and arts administrator. He currently serves as executive director of the Austin Symphony Orchestra. He is the founder of the Sarah and Ernest Butler Texas Young Composers Competition and Concert.